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Quick calls: Week 13


We will have our eyes on the games, but if you see anything confusing, unusual, or controversial, please let us know.


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21 thoughts on “Quick calls: Week 13

  1. Question about the San Diego at Baltimore game that I am hoping you can explain. Twice now there have been pass interference calls against SD with the contact occurring in the endzone. I thought that meant that the ball would be spotted on the 1, but the officials placed it on the 3. On the second foul, I thought the ref (sorry, but I can’t think of his name) even said it would be placed on the 1, but it was placed on the 3. What gives? Thoughts? Thanks much – really appreciate your site.

  2. The officiating by Walt Anderson and his crew was especially specious. The end zone PI on Baltimore HAD to be offsetting penalties and a SD WR was clearly blocking while the ball was in the air and before it was caught on the resultant TD pass. Unreal.

  3. Doesn’t the bogus review call on the Manziel f umble come frpom headquarters? Dean Blandino is an idiot someione should teach him the tuck rule. The end of ther Ravens game was a travesty. Two blown calls in a row by tghe same official.

  4. SD @ BAL

    The PI palooza…
    Why is it that the 2 DPI calls on SD were placed at the 8 and 3 yard lines, allowing only a 10 point gain from them combined, yet the DPI call against BAL (controversial in it self) was placed at the one? Also why was Levine flagged for DPI when we was held down? What is the Difference between that and the OPI call against Steve Smith Sr. in Cincy a few weeks back? And then the illegal pick play. How is it that people can get paid and let that much BS slide in such a short time.

  5. I agree with the other comments here about the officiating in the SD-Balt game. Not only was the ball placed at the wrong mark on the pass interference in the end zone calls, the calls themselves were poor, especially the last one on Balt. And how is the winning TD pass by SD not a clear pick play? The SD WR was clearly picking and blocking the Balt DB before the ball was even thrown. I can’t believe a game was decided based on so many bad officiating decisions, but it was.

  6. Did I see correctly in the Packers-NE game that Hochuli’s crew called NE for too many men on the field when they only had 11 and NE had to challenge the call to get it reversed? And then right after that they made NE punt the ball a second time (replay the punt) because Hochuli’s crew were not in position? I have seen that several times this year (the worst was when Hochuli made Oakland rekick an on-side kick against Seattle because his crew was not in position). That is just unforgivable to make a team do over a play because the officials are out of position. Why does the NFL allow this?

  7. Hochuli’s crew’s performance was atrocious. In addition to vanowensbody pointing out they can’t even count to 11, there were two other flags they just picked up and said there was no foul (so why’d you throw the flag in the first place, idjits). There was missed offensive PI: a pushoff on Davante Adams (though Adams smartly used his hand in front of his body, so official behind him couldn’t see the push, so perhaps not fair to blame refs for missing it, even if defender suddenly going the wrong way seems obvious). The one that got me riled, and kept the final Pats touchdown drive alive, was ridiculous defensive PI on Tramon Williams on 3rd & 6. Williams is standing 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, never moves from his spot, WR (#11 iirc) runs into him then turns around, moves back toward the line a yard or two and drops the ball, then goes begging for the call and gets it 5 seconds after the play is dead. Un-friggin-believable. Defender never moves, gets hit by offensive player, and they call PI. Perhaps we shouldn’t allow DBs on the field at all. We could just have games of pitch and catch.

  8. Oops, the Tramon Williams call was for Illegal Contact, not PI. Still, it gave the Pats an automatic first down and kept the drive alive (it was 3rd & 6 on their side of the field). Heck, even the TV announcers pointed out that a defender has a right to hold his position…

  9. The NFL is eager to fine and announce them for players’ various transgressions. However, there is a dearth of information from the NFL as to the weekly incompetence of their officials. Why can’t the NFL release information weekly as to which officials and crews have been chastised instead of hiding this vital information?

  10. I don’t mind a flag being picked up…if there was no foul. I’d rather an official with a better view make the call.

    The re-punt for being out of position was in the Steelers / Saints game. And I believe the official gave the motion to start the play clock so it was his fault…not the players.

    Here’s the play:

  11. The play clock is running, at the conclusion of 3rd down. But the rule is that the officials must get in position.

    The umpire is over the ball to allow a substitution to complete, so he’s doing his job. Once the ball is ready, he will exit and assume a position behind the punter. The long snapper has been made aware of this.

    Short of teleportation, not sure what you are asking the umpire to do there.

  12. I’m just asking if the ref is signaling for the play clock to start. If that’s the case its on him…not the center.

  13. Manziel turnover – Even if you accept this is a throwing motion, why is a backwards throw not a turnover when recovered by the opposing team? I thought to over-turn the ruling on the field required the replay to show clear, undisputable evidence. If this play fits that standard then it suggests there is no standard. It is much easier to accept a bad ruling on the field then it is to see a bad overturned call from a replay official.

  14. Just saw Blandino’s explanation that the ball went backwards because it hit the Bill defender’s helmet. However the ball is in Manziel’s hand when the Bills helmet knocks it out. So why is that not a fumble? Also in the replay his arm is coming across his body in an attempt to bring it back to his chest when it is knocked loose. The arm is not going forward.

  15. @The Glenn: He did not signal the play clock to run, because it was already running. The ball is ready for play in theory, but, again, the center knows that the official has to get into position.

    @John: If the throwing motion is forward, it is by rule a forward pass. If the ball deflects or the quarterback’s arm is hit and the ball ultimately goes backwards, it is still considered a “forward pass,” as long as there is a forward throwing motion.

  16. Got it now…he was resetting the 25 second play clock.

    Still…seems silly to have replay because the official was a couple feet away and going to move anyway after the snap.

  17. Watching it s couple of times again it still appears that Manziel is tucking the ball and the ball and his arm both turned in before any contact was made. I don’t see where there was an indisputable forward motion to overturn that call. Thankfully it didn’t matter, but if by some miracle Cleveland came back and won that game that call would have some major backlash.

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